Although I spend a lot of my time capturing those wonderful moments when our dogs do something memorable, my photographic interests frequently take me to other subjects. Recently I was lucky to be invited to join many from the Airline Pilot Guy www.airlinepilotguy.com community at the Wings over Pittsburgh airshow.
A classic American airshow of old and new it proved to be a great place to watch such remarkable aircraft as the F22 and the previous generation of fighters, the P51 Mustang.
Photographing aircraft can be a bit of a challenge and I am always in awe of those who do it well. It needs a very steady hand to pan a big camera with the sort of long lens needed to bring an aircraft close enough to see properly. A fast shutter speed is essential unless you want to get some prop blur, in which case you need to be unbelievably steady!
I was using my fairly new Canon 5D Mk4 with a 100-400 L MkII but even that wasn’t enough so I had a 1.4 teleconverter attached, giving me a reasonable 560 mil of reach. The camera settings were just as important as when shooting against the sky, even against a clouds, the camera will expose for the bright background and leave you will a flying silhouette! Around a stop of over exposure is needed to get the detail you will want from the aircraft.
Of course, not all photo opportunities are in the sky, there were plenty of things to shoot at ground level, including a wonderful old machine that flew in the Berlin Airlift.
And although we all loved the noise and excitement of the fast jets, one of the most beautiful displays made no noise at all!